After six years on the Norwalk Zoning Commission, I can only ruefully laugh at how this dialog echoes many meetings I had to endure. If you want small businesses to open, government bureaucracy needs to streamline.
Here’s a modest proposal, active floor space is active floor space. If a business wants to put tables, server over a counter, hang displays or otherwise come up with retail strategy, let them! Of course keeping it safe and accessible. And enough with the parking requirements. A business that opens without adequate parking will fail on its own.
AFSCME Council 4 President Sal Luciano, Mayor Dan Malloy of Stamford, and CEA Executive Director John Yrchick speaking in support of the health care pooling bill currently under consideration in the Legislature, Christine Stuart reports at CT News Junkie.
“Extraordinary times require government to do extraordinarily difficult things. This is not one of those, “Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy said. “This is easy.”
Malloy, whose city saw double-digit increases in health care costs last year said this type of legislation simply makes sense. …
Last year Gov. M. Jodi Rell vetoed a similar bill. …
Malloy said this year people know more about the bill than they did last year when it was first introduced.
Lowering health care costs for municipalities, not for profits, and small businesses is an idea everyone should support. Continue reading →